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What is Sky Broadband Ultrafast? The lowdown on Sky’s premium package

Sky Broadband Ultrafast promises speeds of 145Mbits/sec. Here's all you need to know about it

Sky launched its Broadband Ultrafast package at the end of 2020, promising download speeds of up to 12 times faster than the company’s standard broadband offering.

But whether you’re able to tap into Sky Broadband Ultrafast depends on the infrastructure of where you live. There’s a simple checker on Sky’s site, where you can pop in your postcode and find out whether your area supports Sky Broadband Ultrafast. If it does, you will be able to sign up for an average download speed of 145Mbits/sec and an average upload speed of 27Mbits/sec.

You also might be able to access Sky’s top Gigafast package, which nabs you an estimated upload speed of up to a gargantuan 900Mbits/sec and an upload rate of 90Mbits/sec. 

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In terms of price, Sky Broadband Ultrafast will set you back £34.50/mth on an 18-month contract, with no extra cost needed for the setup charge; it promises 145Mbits/sec average download speeds.

To put this into perspective, Sky’s basic Superfast Broadband 35 plan costs £25/mth, with no setup fee, for 18 months. This package promises average download speeds of 36Mbits/sec. Meanwhile, the Gigafast plan above will set you back £54.50/mth with a mega promise of 900Mbits/sec average download speed.

In comparison, BT’s Full Fibre 100 offering promises average speeds of 150Mbits/sec and costs £36/mth (or £31/mth if you opt not to include a landline). The cheaper BT Fibre 2 (74Mbits/sec) costs £39/mth (again, it’s cheaper without also landline rental, at £34/mth), whereas the top-end Full Fibre 900 (900Mbits/sec) costs a huge £55/mth (£60/mth with a landline). At time of writing, this package is available for a steal – just £41/mth for 24 months (or £46/mth with line rental). Again, these packages are only available in locations with fibre infrastructure. 

Sky Broadband Ultrafast also comes with a “Speed Guarantee”. To quote from Sky’s small print:

“We guarantee that if your speed falls below your Guaranteed Minimum Download Speed (that’s the speed we told you when you got your broadband) for at least three days in a row in a 30-day period, then we’ll give you money back. You need be within your minimum term but can claim up to twice.”

If you’re considering Sky as your internet provider, be sure to check out our general review of Sky Broadband.

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